Chaosium Begins Kickstarter Project

Chaosium, the main publishers of The Call of Cthulhu, have often come under fire for lack of quality control when it comes to reprinting their old books.  Instead of taking the opportunity to go through fixing old errors and tying up decades old plot holes, they often just slap a new cover on it and call it a day.  Sometimes they might add a piece of artwork or two.  Overall, it is sometimes easier to just go through Amazon and Ebay to find a cheaper second-hand copy (I also happen to like their older covers myself).

It looks like they won’t be going that route with their reprint of Horror on the Orient Express.  They have begun a Kickstarter project to put together a box set for this most famous of RPG campaigns.  For anyone who isn’t familiar with Horror on the Orient Express, the campaign takes a group of 1920s investigators (COC’s term for adventurers/player characters) on a trip across Europe to assemble an ancient statue that is scattered across the continent.  The statue may be the focus for an ancient evil and there are several groups that can not wait to get their hands on this artifact.  From London to Turkey, the investigators must travel on the Orient Express to collect the pieces and out race their enemies who will be hot on their heels.  The campaign was such a success that it won two Origin Awards for ‘Best Role Playing Adventure’ and ‘Best Graphic Presentation’.  It was also released in Italy in a beautiful hardcover volume.  

If you were ever interested in playing The Call of Cthulhu, I recommend that you find someone running this campaign.  It has a wonderful gothic horror feel to it and the challenges go beyond merely surviving alien horrors.  Its challenges not only involve dodging and fighting the cults that are chasing after you, players will also have to make sure they don’t miss each leg of their journey and try to not draw attention to themselves while dealing with the social issues that 1920s travelers might face.

Check this campaign out and, if you can, maybe throw a dollar or two at it.  I know I am.

The Kickstarter can be found here: Horror on the Orient Express

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Pagan Publishing Announces Re-Release of OOP Books

Anyone who has played Call of Cthulhu is familiar with Pagan Publishing.  For many years, they have printed some of the highest quality books for The Call of Cthulhu.  Whether it was the story, the art or just the general quality of their books, they have consistently been ahead of their game.  The only complaints from fans was the wait between each book and the lack of reprints.  That is changing as of today.

Pagan Publishing announced toward that they have released several of their harder to find books from their Delta Green line on DriveThruRPG.com.  Now these hard to find books are available for reasonable prices.  You can choose between a pdf or POD (print on demand) copy.  Before today, the only way to find these books was to either get lucky or pay outrageous 3rd party dealer prices (we’re talking about several hundred dollars here).

If you aren’t familiar with Delta Green and enjoy modern conspiracy horror than check it out.  The entire line brings Cthulhu to the present day, infusing the game with a healthy dose of paranoia.  In the Delta Green universe, one can never be sure about who they should trust.  The people you work for may not have your best interests at heart and they could be the goods guys!  Difficult decisions must be made and the ultimate question stands: just what would you sacrifice to give the Earth at least one more day?

“But isn’t Delta Green just S.H.I.E.L.D. with tentacles?”  Oh, hell no.  It is far more than that.  You are not part of some big budget, top secret, James Bond style organization.  You are part of a non-existent, top secret group that could easily be torn apart by anyone who digs too deep.  Your group is so poor that the only way to get equipment is to steal it from your own job and hope no one catches you.  Delta Green agents must constantly ask themselves what is more important: their career, their family or giving up all of these to save the world from unspeakable evils from behind the stars.  Delta Green agents don’t retire.  They are chewed up and spit out, resources that must be used to stop the world from going up in flames.  It isn’t a glamorous or glorious job.  It is the life of someone who knows that the only way to stop something terrible from clawing up out of the ground is to drive that flaming school bus right into it while calling up their spouse to say goodbye.  Sometimes they don’t even get that one last goodbye.  In fact, Delta Green isn’t even an authorized organization.  They have gone rogue, making a pact to push the darkness back day by day.  They manipulate the U.S. governments bureaucracy in a desperate attempt to do what no one else will (or can) do.

“But doesn’t Delta Green just ignore Lovecraft’s work?”  No where close.  Delta Green builds its universe off of Lovecraft’s original story.  In fact, the original Delta Green organization was started after the 1928 Raid on Innsmouth (The Shadow Over Innsmouth).  It consitently makes references to old Call of Cthulhu campaigns and Lovecraft’s original stories.  It also draws from the Mythos stories of Ramsey Campbell, Robert Chambers, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith.  It is firmly set in the world of Lovecraft’s stories.

Check these books out, especially if you love Lovecraftian gaming.  You will not be disappointed.

Sources: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/index.php?manufacturers_id=4217&affiliate_id=5769

Delta Green: http://www.delta-green.com/    “Deception is a right.  Truth is a privilege.  Innocence is a luxury.”

Pagan Publishing: http://www.tccorp.com/site09/tccorp_home.html